#MarineNotice - The latest Marine Notices from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advise of the pre-laying of anchors in the Corrib Gas Field ahead of the arrival of the Ocean Guardian rig, and an inshore seawater sampling survey in the vicinity of the field.
Staring tomorrow and continuing for three days, Shell E&P Ireland Limited will employ the Boa Bison (Call Sign: LDPN) to pre-lay eight anchors on the sea bed in the Corrib Field prior to the arrival of the semi-submersible drilling rig.
The anchors will remain at the locations indicated HERE until the arrival of the Ocean Guardian rig (Call Sign: V7FF7) around the second week of this month, when the anchors will then be attached to the rig.
The Ocean Guardian rig is due to commence operations on well 18/25-1(P2) in the second week of June and remain on location until the end of July/early August. The rig will be listening on VHF Channel 16 throughout the project.
All vessels, particularly those engaged in fishing, are requested to give the rig a wide berth and to keep a sharp lookout in the relevant areas. Full co-ordinates of all work areas are included in Marine Notice No 22 of 2015, a PDF of which is available to read or download HERE.
Meanwhile, an inshore seawater sampling survey is taking place in the vicinity of the Corrib treated surface water outfall diffuser, off the coast of Mayo.
The works, undertaken from the SMS Leah (Callsign MHIU8), were set to begin yesterday Tuesday 2 June and last for around three days, weather permitting. Co-ordinates of the relevant sampling areas are included in Marine Notice No 23 of 2015, a PDF of which is available to read or download HERE.